United States District Court, E.D. Arkansas, Pine Bluff Division
June 25, 2015
WESLEY JEFFERSON, ADC #104933, Petitioner,
WENDY KELLY, Director, Arkansas Department of Correction, Respondent.
THOMAS RAY, District Judge.
The following Recommended Disposition ("Recommendation") has been sent to United States District Judge James M. Moody Jr. You may file written objections to all or part of this Recommendation. If you do so, those objections must: (1) specifically explain the factual and/or legal basis for your objection; and (2) be received by the Clerk of this Court within fourteen (14) days of the entry of this Recommendation. The failure to timely file objections may result in waiver of the right to appeal questions of fact.
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Petitioner, Wesley Jefferson ("Jefferson"), has filed a 28 U.S.C. § 2254 Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus. Doc. 2 He attacks his 2006 convictions for capital murder, aggravated robbery, theft of property, and fleeing. Id.
Jefferson challenged the same convictions in an earlier § 2254 habeas Petition, which was denied by United States District Judge James M. Moody. Jefferson v. Norris, E.D. Ark. No. 5:10CV00167 JMM, at docs. 23-24.  Jefferson was later denied a Certificate of Appealability by the Eighth Circuit. Id. at 30.
On June 9, 2015, Jefferson initiated the current § 2254 habeas action. Doc. 2. For the reasons discussed below, the Court recommends that the Petition be dismissed, without prejudice, because Jefferson has not obtained permission from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to file a successive habeas action. See Rule 4 of the Rules Governing § 2254 Cases.
This is a successive § 2254 habeas action challenging Jefferson's 2006 convictions for capital murder, aggravated robbery, theft of property, and fleeing. Only the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has the authority to grant permission to file a successive § 2254 habeas action. See 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b)(3)(A) ("Before a second or successive application permitted by this section is filed in the district court, the applicant shall move in the appropriate court of appeals for an order authorizing the district court to consider the application."). Until Jefferson obtains the required authorization from the Eighth Circuit, this Court lacks jurisdiction to proceed with this habeas action. Burton v. Stewart, 549 U.S. 147, 152-53, 157 (2007).
IT IS THEREFORE RECOMMENDED THAT:
1. Petitioner's Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis, Doc. 1, be GRANTED;
2. The 28 U.S.C. § 2254 Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus, Doc. 2, be DISMISSED, WITHOUT PREJUDICE, so that Petitioner may seek authorization from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b)(3)(A), to file a successive habeas petition;
3. A Certificate of Appealability be DENIED, see 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)-(2); Rule 11(a), Rules Governing § 2254 Cases in United States District Courts; Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000); and
4. Petitioner's "Motion to Proceed Under 28 U.S.C. § 2254" ( doc. 3 ) be DENIED, AS MOOT.